Apple, invest in workplaces

I have never heard such a long bout of silence from the young liberal audience of Bill Maher, as when Mike Daisey spoke for seven minutes. They were in shock by what he said about Apple, as was I. Everyone knows about sweat shops and bad working conditions in other countries, but it is the […]

July 11, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Another ruling for the rich

The Supreme Court has a history of handing down anti-democratic and oppressive rulings that favor the wealthy to the expense of everyone else. It certainly was clear who won and who lost with Citizens United. Now, the Supreme Court hands the rest of us an apparent victory by upholding President Obama’s health care plan. Ironic […]

July 03, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Will UCD rethink decision?

We want to congratulate former UC Davis swimmer Scott Weltz for his victory in the 200m breastroke at the Olympic Trials. We are excited to see him compete in the London Olympics. Scott’s hard work and the dedication of his coach, Pete Motekaitis, have been an inspiration to the whole Davis aquatics community. Events like these […]

July 03, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

UCD men’s swimming prevails

As a UC Davis graduate, I could not be more proud of Scott Weltz for making the 2012 Olympic swim team. As a former UCD swimmer myself (Class of ’05), I could not be more ashamed of the university at this moment for cutting the men’s swim team in 2010. I hope Weltz’s success in […]

July 03, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Let’s keep Davis safely lit

By John Troidl The Fourth of July is coming up and Davis residents will be out and about Wednesday, watching the fireworks and celebrating our country’s birth. But will we be safe on the streets of Davis at night? I started thinking about that after I drove home Thursday night from a Sacramento River Cats […]

July 03, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Ruling gives kids a chance

The issue: High court ends mandatory life sentences for juveniles The law cannot fly on automatic pilot, which is what state legislatures periodically try to do by taking certain decisions out of the hands of judges and juries, particularly with mandatory minimum sentences. A particularly egregious example of bypassing judicial discretion are laws requiring youths younger […]

July 03, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Making a deathbed deal

Dear Annie: My father and mother were both sick and only weeks away from dying when my niece went to my father’s bedside and asked if she could have his house when he “didn’t need it anymore.” She made sure that her mother was with her to witness the question and answer. My father suffered […]

What do families really want from their summer vacations?

* Editor’s note: Marion is taking the week off. This column has been slightly revised since it first appeared in 1999. On the seventh day of our vacation in Alaska, a TV newsman announced that the local golf course had been closed. It seems that a bear killed a moose on the course. (I suppose […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Focus on Health: Summer Food Drought

By Terri LaBriola When the school year ends and summer vacation commences, we look forward to graduation ceremonies, pool parties, and trips with our families. We may not even realize it, but many of these activities and celebrations wouldn’t be the same without one important component: food. Unfortunately, the only certainty facing nearly 13,000 children […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

What will keep them together?

Dear Annie: I have been with my husband more than 20 years. We have never been separated, even for a few days. We have stuck it out through the good, the bad and the horrible. We have two boys who are about to graduate high school, and I am wondering how this will affect our […]

We haven’t really come that far

It seems that no matter how hard we try to repurpose and reinvent our society as post-modern and post-racial, incidents such as the installation of the noose on Davis High school’s goal post and the swastika in the Olive Drive bike tunnel keep dragging us back into the mire of our dark history. Of course, […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

A historic day for patients

As a medical student, I am relieved to see the Supreme Court uphold the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (“High court upholds key part of Obama health law”). In the hospital, we see firsthand the challenges facing patients navigating a complex health care system and facing physicians as they struggle to provide care […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Whenever you see a bully, look no further than the parents

So, Karen Klein, the sweet grandmother from Greece, New York who was verbally tortured by some vicious little middle school bullies, has enjoyed the sympathy and support of the nation, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars raised through a fundraising website to give her a well-deserved vacation to Disneyland and a nice little […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,